The Liverpool Plains is one of Australia's most productive agricultural regions.
Thanks to its favourable climate, underground water system, and fertile rich black soils, farmers on the Liverpool Plains are able to both produce winter and summer crops — including wheat (used in pasta, flour, bread, cakes and biscuits), corn, sunflower seed products (such as oil and seeds), canola (for oil), sorghum (used in flour and animal feed), barley (for feed and beer malt), chickpeas and legumes and other specialist crops as well as beef, lamb and wool and cotton.
Unfortunately, the region is threatened by coal mining. Chinese-government owned mining company Shenhua is planning to develop an open-cut coal mine project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains. Local farmers, including Andrew Pursehouse whose farm neighbours the proposed mine site, fiercely oppose the mine proposal and are fighting to stop it.
I took this picture during one of many visits to meet with farmers and members of the community working to protect the region from mining. This picture and others have been featured by Fairfax in a number of news stories about the proposed mine.